Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of foreign meddling in the 2016 presidential election brought to prominence the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a 1938 law adopted to counter Nazi propaganda in the United States by requiring “agents” of foreign parties to register with the U.S. government.
FARA’s recently raised profile has engendered broad interest in the law and its applicability beyond parties, like lobbyists, traditionally understood to be within FARA’s scope. In this practical webinar, you will learn:
- FARA’s mechanics
- Various areas of ambiguity
- Recent FARA developments
- Emerging relevance to business, academic and research institutions, and other parties
Upon course completion, you will be able to:
- Describe FARA’s objectives, compliance requirements, and penalties for non-compliance.
- Explain the DOJ FARA Unit’s recently publicized FARA advisory opinions.
- Identify expectations for stepped up FARA enforcement by the DOJ FARA Unit.
- Recall recent FARA developments and the law’s expanding relevance to diverse parties, activities, and policy objectives, such as:
- Foreign news organizations and domestic providers of broadcast platforms (g., radio).
- Nonprofit organizations engaged in international advocacy, and recent efforts by a Congressional Committee to label U.S.-based environmental groups as “foreign agents.”
- Business and industry when working with their foreign business partners to, for example, publicize a foreign nation’s economic opportunities or to interface with U.S. government on behalf of a foreign entity.
- Academic and research institutions and their personnel, particularly those engaged in research and educational collaborations and exchanges with foreign government and non-government entities (most notably in China).
- Foreign organizations, such as educational or cultural exchanges, perceived as “influence operators” on behalf of foreign governments.
- Outline practical steps for building FARA awareness and compliance.